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Strong Constitutions

When the Founding Fathers rang up an enormous bar tab.

Itemized bill from a farewell party for George Washington, thrown three days before the Constitutional Convention ended.


City Tavern, Philadelphia

September 14, 1787

Food and drink for “55 Gentlemans”


Relishes, Olives, etc.

Drink (bottles)

Madeira, 54

Claret, 60

Old Stock [whiskey] , 8

Porter, 22

Cider, 8

Beer, 12

Bowls of Punch, 7


Broken decanters, wine glasses, and tumblers

Total Cost

£89 4s 2d